Every day I try to create a sense of balance in my writing life, a life that has gone beyond writing and now includes promotion. It is not always an even balance, but so far it is working pretty well, most days. It can be challenging to devote all the time and energy my new … Continue reading Balance
I was asked this question often while I was writing A Better Life. From friends and potential readers, it was mostly out of curiosity about what kind of book I was writing and who I thought my audience would be. I wasn't sure; I just wanted to tell the story as well and as true … Continue reading Who is Your Audience?
The book launch for my first novel was a night of innocence and revelations and joy, of pride and congratulations and joy. Everything was perfect. People asked about the story, the characters, the time it took to write the book, about where I got the idea. The conversations were easy and I signed about forty … Continue reading The Launch
The love of learning has always been part of who I am. As an educator, I tried to instill that love of learning in my students. Third graders were always eager to learn new things -- multiplication, cursive, telling time, and they loved to write. As I moved on to teaching fourth grade and then … Continue reading Opening Doors to Learning
I have seen and read many articles over the years about how to know if you are a writer. Sometimes it seemed like a silly question and sometimes it was a serious one, when I was full of self-doubt. I know every writer has heard this before, that the most important thing you can do … Continue reading Calling Myself a Writer
My first novel is published, available now on Amazon.com. It is difficult to find the words to express how it feels to have an actual book out in the world for people to buy and read and hopefully enjoy. I wonder what people will think on so many levels -- the writing, the story, the … Continue reading Published!
Last night I pressed the "publish" button for A Better Life. I don't know exactly what I was expecting -- balloons to fall from the ceiling? Applause? What I received was a message that now it is "under review." It was a bit anti-climactic to say the least. But I reminded myself that I am … Continue reading Believing it Into Being